By Maya Chung, Staff Writer
A Maplewood resident who was riding a bicycle Aug. 15 around 10 a.m. was hit by a sports utility vehicle at the corner of Millburn and Wyoming avenues in Millburn, according to Millburn Police Capt. Michael Palardy.
According to Millburn police, the driver of the SUV exchanged brief words with the male cyclist after the collision, then got back into his vehicle and drove off before police arrived to the scene.
Specifics on what was said between the driver and the victim were not disclosed by Millburn police.
Millburn First Aid Squad also responded to the scene, police said, and the bicyclist didn’t sustain serious injuries.
Millburn police did not immediately disclose the name of the victim or any other details about the accident, but they did say a license plate number may have been obtained. The Millburn Police Department is investigating the matter.
Currently The New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition is working on launching a campaign for a New Jersey Safe Passage Law, which they would want to require drivers to stay 4-feet from cyclists on the road, according to coalition board member Cami Zevelensky. The law is active in other states, such as Pennsylvania.
“Forcing everyday folks on bikes to merge with traffic is very dangerous,” said Zevelesnky. “Bike lanes are proven to be safer.”